2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV: Powerful but with some trade-offs

It is suitable for daily errands and commutes
Mazda CX-90 PHEV is illustrated here. — MotroTrend/File
 Mazda CX-90 PHEV is illustrated here. — MotroTrend/File

The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV offers an enticing option for those looking for a plug-in hybrid car as a stepping stone toward an all-electric in the coming future. 

With nearly 500 miles of combined range and 26 miles of electric-only driving, it is able to easily accommodate seven or eight persons while curtailing visits to the gas station. However, keep in mind that you will have to do some compromises with this powertrain.

The car was tested for a week and the CX-90's electric range was demonstrated to be adequate for daily errands and commutes for those who are able to recharge it at their house or office. Yet, the 17.8 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery falls short in contrast to its opponents like the Kia Sorento PHEV, which bids 32 miles of electric range. 

Charging the CX-90 took a duration of 2.5 hours with a Level 2 charger, an average duration in its class.

The collective power of its 2.5-litre engine and electric motor produce a result on a striking 323 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, thrusting the CX-90 from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. However, there were some powertrain concerns noted, such as jerks while parking and a less sophisticated transition from EV to gas mode.

Price$53,125 (base) to $61,920 (as tested)
323 hp (premium octane fuel)
369 lb-ft (premium octane fuel) 
Fuel Economy
28 mpg combined (gasoline only), 60 MPGe combined (gasoline and electric) 
Towing Capacity
3,500 lbs

DISCLAIMER: The price is taken as of September 4, 2023, and is subject to change over time.